by David Stratton |
Utah State +8 vs. Illinois State (130)
In the NIT tonight, Utah State battles a solid foe in Illinois State, which had aspirations of playing in the Big Dance. Utah State is the nation’s best 3-point shooting team (50.7 percent), although Illinois State fields the conference’s best defense against the 3-pointer (31.6 percent). However, we expect the Redbirds to lack the intensity to stop the Aggies’ attack, led by the nation’s best sharpshooter, Kris Clark. In a relatively high scoring contest, we give Utah State the nod in keeping it close with a shot at winning outright, and shade the over as both teams should score into the 70s. UTAH STATE +8, OVER 130.